4th Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

Our fourth Open Cultural Data Hackathon took place on 26-28 October 2018 at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich -- in cooperation with the ETH Library, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, the Swiss Social Archives, the State Archives of the Canton of Zurich, the Basel Historical Museum, Wikimedia CH, infoclio.ch and the members of the Friends of OpenGLAM Network.

A Pre-Event to our Hackathon was held at the ETH Zurich on 11 September 2018. This event was aimed specifically at students and gave information about the type of data provided at the GLAMhack as well as examples of projects conducted during past editions.

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Press release

Press release concerning the GLAMhack Awards and the 2018 edition of the hackathon.

Results of the Swiss GLAMhack Awards 2018

Photo: Aura.ch © Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

Hackathon Projects

The video recordings of all the project presentations can be found at infoclio.ch's hackathon reporting page.

What was new compared to earlier editions?

For the first time, #GLAMhack was hosted by a museum, and seized the occasion to encourage more museums to participate as data providers. Furthermore, we introduced a couple of changes to our hackathon concept:

  • This year's focus was on creating softwares or artefacts that engage an audience -- either online or in form of exhibits/installations. We thereby also encouraged the use of non-standard hardware, such as virtual reality equipment and the like.

  • The two hackathon days were followed by a public project presentation event on Sunday afternoon, where visitors had the possibility to test the products and to meet their creators. Symbolic prizes were awarded to the best projects in several categories.

Swiss GLAMhack Awards

The Swiss GLAMhack Awards took place on Sunday, 28 October.


The jury awarded prizes in the following categories (one winning project per category):

The audience awarded the prize in the category:

Members of the jury

  • Sonja Gasser (Kunsthaus Zürich & Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

  • Michael Kempf (Landesmuseum Zürich )

  • Enrico Natale (infoclio.ch)

  • Mathias Müller (Institut für Computerlingustik, Universität Zürich)

  • Lothar Schmitt (Zentralbibliothek Zürich)

  • Michael Gasser (ETH-Bibliothek)

The members of the Jury. Photo by Thomas Bochet.

Media Coverage

Coverage of the hackathon in the media and in blogs:

(continuously put up to date)

Pictures taken during the hackathon are available on Wikimedia Commons.


The event was organized by the OpenGLAM CH Working Group of the opendata.ch association, with contributions from:

  • Beat Estermann, coordinator of the OpenGLAM Working Group
  • Valérie Hashimoto, project coordinator
  • Oleg Lavrovsky
  • Frédéric Noyer
  • Lionel Walter (lead dataset team)
  • Jan Baumann
  • Enrico Natale
  • Thomas Bochet (lead logistics)
  • Anna Durisch
  • Dario Donati
  • Dominik Sievi
  • Michael Gasser (co-lead programme committee)
  • Lothar Schmitt (co-lead programme committee)
  • Vassil Vassilev
  • Fabian Würz
  • Tobias Hodel
  • Stefan Bürer

Sponsors / Supporting Organizations

The Cultural Hackathon was made possible by financial and/or in kind contributions from the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, the ETH Library, Wikimedia CH, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, infoclio.ch, the Swiss Social Archives, and the members of the Friends of OpenGLAM Network.